Escape from Camp 14: One Man's Remarkable Odyssey from North Korea to Freedom in the West (Hardback)
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DescriptionTwenty-six years ago, Shin Dong-hyuk was born inside Camp 14, one of five sprawling political prisons in the mountains of North Korea. Located about 55 miles north of Pyongyang, the labor camp is a 'complete control district,' a no-exit prison where the only sentence is life. No one born in Camp 14 or in any North Korean political prison camp has escaped. No one except Shin. This is his story. A gripping, terrifying memoir with a searing sense of place, ESCAPE FROM CAMP 14 will unlock, through Shin, a dark and secret nation, taking readers to a place they have never before been allowed to go. 'This is a story unlike any other' Barbara Demick, author of Nothing to Envy: Ordinary Lives in North Korea
- Published: 29 March 2012
- Format: Hardback 256 pages
- ISBN 13: 9780230748736 ISBN 10: 0230748732
- Sales rank: 126,920
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Reviews for Escape from Camp 14
Wow, what a book.
This book takes the reader to a country we all know about, but one we probably fail to appreciate the depth of hopelessness the country and people are in. The author takes you into the life of Shin Dong-hyuk and through his eyes you find out what it is like to grow up in a N/Korean camp for political prisoners. You see what daily life is like and the meaningless existence that comes with growing up in a place with no hope, no opportunities and a morality totally created by the camp / regime.
When Shin eventually escapes he takes you into the difficulties he had (and is still having) when he found how the rest of the world operates - when he discovered forgiveness, love and trust - things he had no knowledge of because they just didn't exist in the camp and therefore in his life.
From a writing perspective the author does a lot to quantify the statements, locations and recollections Shin puts forward. He is honest enough to mention when it is difficult / impossible to obtain evidence to support Shin's memories. On the flipside he also shows the research which supports Shin.
I gave this book five stars for taking me into a world that is hard to believe exists; for making me thankful for living where I live; and for encouraging me to do my bit to help people less fortunate than myself. by Ben